“Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification” (Romans 15:1-2).
Who are the strong among us? Is it not those who can do what others cannot? The context of Paul’s admonition reveals an unexpected twist; that for the greater benefit of others, the strong person is one who forgoes what he is fully entitled to do. While immature believers view their liberty in Christ as a license to do as they please; recklessly flaunting their freedom in a manner detrimental to the faith development of others, maturity and true strength of character is seen in those who understand and practice freedom in terms of responsibility. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Look around…It’s not just about you.